I am using external hard drives to archive my data, how can I make them as safe as possible?

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 30 November 2015

A hard drive sitting on your bookshelf might be useful for storing your data, but it is not reliable or secure enough to be considered archiving (there are even worse ways to store your data, for instance memory sticks). We have written a guide on how to store & archive your research data (whether digital or not).

If you don’t have the time to read that guide right now, here are a few emergency tips for taking care of your hard drive to make sure that you can still read the data in the coming years.

At the minimum you should: (more…)